While campaigning for his wife in Washington, former president Bill Clinton seemed to criticize President Barrack Obama's legacy, which his aide later said was unintentional.
"If you believe we can rise together, if you believe we've finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that where we were practicing trickle-down economics, then you should vote for her," Clinton told supporters in Spokane, CNN reported.
Republicans took the gaffe and ran with it, with the Republican National Committee saying in an email that it was "about as off [...] as you can get."
A Clinton aide later clarified the remarks, saying that the former president was referring to "the GOP's obstructionism and not President Obama's legacy." Clinton has been known to praise Obama, and his wife has consistently tied herself to the legacy of the last eight years.
"I think President Obama deserves a lot of credit for doing what he did with one hand tied behind his back because a lot of the people that elected him in 2008 didn't show up in 2010; that's our fault," Clinton said in February.
Clinton spokesman Angel Urena said following the remarks that Clinton believes "President Obama doesn't get the credit he deserves for setting us back on course for economic prosperity."
"When Republicans controlled the White House, their trickle-down approach drove our economy to the brink of a collapse," Urena told CNN.
"After President Obama was elected, Republicans made it their number one goal to block him at every turn. That unprecedented obstruction these last eight years is their legacy, and the American people should reject it by electing Hillary Clinton to build on President Obama's success so we can all grow and succeed together."
During his speech in Spokane, former president Clinton said that he believes his wife is a "change maker," and that she would help the American people "rise together."
"This is an incredible moment for our country," he said, the Spokesman-Review reported. "We can’t come together if things are falling apart. But I think we should try. If you think so, you should vote for her.”